Going on holiday is always exciting that much is true but before you go away there is a lot of things you should read about and implement especially if you are going somewhere new or more exotic than your usual beach holiday.
A few things you should think about when travelling includes:
- Talking to your family and friends – Tell them where you’re going and leave your contact details, insurance policy details and itinerary in case they should need them in an emergency.
- Access to funds – Make sure that you have access to funds for any emergencies or unexpected delays. It is advised that you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card) too.
- Research your destination – Buy a travel guide so you can plan your trip and look at online travel forums to find out more details about your destination
- Make sure that your phone will work – contact your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad. You may even want to leave your phone’s IMEI number with a friend or family member, to help block or locate the phone if a problem should occur.
- Check entry requirements of the country you are travelling to – Make sure you’ve got the correct visas (if required) and that your passport is valid as some countries insist that your passport must be valid for 6 months after your travel date. You should make a note of your passport number and take a photocopy with you, or store it securely online if you can in case of emergencies. It is really important that you fill in the emergency contact details in your passport. Should you have an accident this will help government officials to contact next of kin quicker.
- Take out insurance – It is so important that you take out travel insurance before you go away so that you are covered for any loss or damages if they should occur. Make sure it covers you for any activities you may want to take part in whilst away especially extreme or water sports. Having medical insurance is also important, if you are taken ill abroad you will be expected to pay for the care you receive. If you’re travelling within the European Economic Area and Switzerland you can get a European Health Insurance Card which will entitle you to free or reduced emergency care. If you suffer from a medical condition you must ensure that you have medical insurance that will cover all of your conditions.
- Have a checkup – Depending on where you are going on holiday you should think about contacting your GP at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. you can ensure that any medical conditions are managed and if you should need any vaccinations before travelling these can be arranged. If you take medication on a regular basis make sure you take enough to last you the duration of your visit and any unexpected delays. Certain medicines may be banned in some countries so be sure to check before you go away as you don’t want to be getting into trouble.
- Be safe – Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in an area, leave. Don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home this includes openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and use a padlock on suitcases or backpacks if possible. We live in an era where terrorism is a real threat. Don’t travel to areas that are known as terrorist hotspots or that are likely to suffer an attack. If you are on holiday and local unrest occurs listen to your resort guides and keep away from the areas where the issues are. It is important that you find out about local customs and dress and you must behave accordingly and obey local laws. There can be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem unimportant here in the UK.
- Use properly licensed and insured operators – Before taking part in any extreme sports or water sports whilst you are away, make sure you fully understand the operating instructions and satisfy yourself that adequate safety precautions are in place.
- Check import regulations – Make sure you check any regulations before you attempt to bring food and plants back to the UK.
Are you going away anytime soon? If so, I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below.
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